The hybrid political role of feminism on Twitter during COVID-19: SISMA Mujer in Colombia

Elsevier, Women's Studies International Forum, Volume 99, 1 July 2023
Gonzalez-Malabet M.A., Sanandres Campis E., May R., Molinares Guerrero I.S., Duran-Oviedo S.

Twitter proved to be strategic for the dissemination of information, and for the activation of feminist social movements. This article identifies the patterns of representation around feminist movements on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic. We analyzed the discourse around a Colombian NGO known as Sisma Mujer, in a corpus of 4415 tweets posted during the first year of COVID-19. The results showed five significant topic categories: gender-based violence, women in peacebuilding, women's human rights, gender equality, and social protest. This activity re-contextualized the online activism of this movement into a new, hybrid role with important political implications for the social movement. Our analysis highlights this role by pointing out how feminist activists framed gender-based violence to generate a discourse on Twitter.